Monday, May 2, 2016

Resolution and Goal Update : April

Happy May everyone! It's already time to go over my goals and how I did this month.  This was a very up and down month for me in terms of my goals.  In some areas- like finance surprisingly- I did really well, and in others not so great.  It shouldn't come as a shock that since I said I wasn't doing the marathon, fitness was one of those "down" areas.

Things are finally starting to settle down in my life (more on that on Thursday) so I'm hoping that I can get back on track in May! 

Each month, I'll go through each goal area and talk about my progress on each resolution.  If there's a "+" by the resolution- that means I was successful that month!  If there's a "-", unfortunately I missed the mark.  Some of my goals are more of a year-long thing, so until I complete the entire goal (for example saving $15,000) I'll have a "-" (which is why none of my fitness goals have a "+").  I'll give you a quick update on my progress though, and hopefully there will be a "+" before the end of 2016!

Enough chatting for now, let's get to my monthly resolution update for April!



Financial Goals

+ Spending freeze until my birthday (June 28)
I had to buy a few things for an upcoming trip, but otherwise I'm doing great!


+ Save reward money (Discover, EbatesIbotta) for entire year


- Save $15,000 in my joint account, $6,000 alone
saved $2500 in joint account, $584 in personal account.
for the year, I have $10,119 saved in joint account (67% of the way to my goal!), and $2084 in personal (35% of the way to my goal).


- No fast food, coffee shops, restaurants, bars
Didn't do too well with this goal...back on track in May!


+ Get a library card


- Run commute at least once a week when it's warm
I didn't go at all this month.


Fitness Goals

- Run 1200 miles
January miles : 95 miles
February miles : 122 miles
March miles : 102 miles
April miles : 60 miles


+ PR in two distances
15 miles : 2:13:46
Half Marathon : 1:54:34


- Run 20 races
0 races in January
1 race in February (read my recap here)
1 race in March (read my recap here)
1 virtual race in April


Swim 1,000 yards without stopping
I ended my gym membership in March, so I'm going to put this goal on hold until I get a new gym membership!


- Bike 20 miles without stopping
No biking this month


- Try out 4 new workout classes
#1 - Group Core


Health Goals

+ Get regular check-ups
Had my annual physical and biometric screening in March, dentist in April


+ Clean up eating habits
I did much better eating cleanly in April!


+ Take vitamins and supplements
Calcium, Vitamin D3, Omega3 Fish Oil


Personal Goals

+ Declutter 10 items each month
April items : We started moving into the new house, which means I was decluttering EVERYTHING!  I might have thrown out 100 items!


+ Set up cleaning schedule
See my post here!

I also added this to my Bullet Journal which has made the process much easier to stay on track.


+ Monthly cooking challenge
January Whole30

February : 4 Ingredients Gluten Free

March : Share 4 recipes on blog
Spring Rolls
Avocado Egg Salad
Brownie Batter Energy Bites
Turmeric Tea 

April : Spend less than $200 on groceries
Done!  I actually only spent $110 this month- which is WAY less than my average of $400.

May : Cook an international meal!  What cuisine should I pick?


Blogging Goals

+ Improve photography
Working on it!  Here are shots from my energy bites post
and my S'mores post.  I can already see a huge difference!
(P.S. Once I'm all settled in at home I'm really going to start working on this goal)


- Write an e-book
In progress! (almost done!  My goal is to send it out by the end of June)


- Get over 15,000 40,000 views in a month
January views : 12,797 
February views : 36,828
March views : 15,500
April views : 12,800 (whoops!)


+ Start to earn money
January : $22
February : $31.22
March : $20
April : $26.17


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Other accomplishments this month:

+ Closed on the house!

+ Started a second blog- Gretch @ Home

+ Got my first paycheck from the blog (via Amazon Affiliates!)

+ Became a Brooks Wear Tester



How are you doing on resolutions
Did you have any major achievements in April?
Any big plans for May?


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8 comments:

  1. I feel like for all the "life" happening in April you still managed quite a bit of goal progress.

    And get out there on that bike! You can do 20 miles at NP no problem! Lake loop x 4...though that can get old. But seriously. Such a great area to ride.

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  2. YAHOO for the first cheque! And Brooks wear tester!!!! LOVE IT.

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  3. Awesome job with your goals! I love that they cover different areas of your life--makes it easier to stay in balance! I did a half marathon in April and although it didn't go according to plan, I still consider it an accomplishment!

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  4. Nice work on all your goals! With all the moving and house work it looks like you still accomplished a lot. I feel like April was the busiest month I've had in a long time and all I want right now is a weekend of 0 plans haha.

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  5. We bled money this month. But we did declutter, so winning there. You had a huge huge month! The house! Brooks tester! The second blog! And now you are on vacation, but you have EARNED IT

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  6. Whoa you need to share your grocery budgeting tips! That is so impressive how you cut spending there - and great job on your goals overall. Congrats on the Brooks Run Test -what a fun gig!

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  7. You are going so well on your goals, girl - especially with all the busy-ness happening in your life! And a second blog too!

    I'd be running around like a headless chicken so you're doing an awesome job ;) xo

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  8. ooooh how do you become a brooks wear tester? what is that? sounds fun. and WOW $110?! teach me your ways! do you like indian food? you should try that if you haven't before.. any kind of asian food is my favourite lol.

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